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Author Topic: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs  (Read 3501 times)

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Offline randym431

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Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« on: February 09, 2009, 12:10:39 PM »
ANyone know if Bristol-Myers Squibb makers of SUSTIVA have a co-pay assistance program?
My other med, epzicom from GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) has a nice program that pays up to $125 a month out of pocket (co-pays) for the meds they make.

I was trying to find if the makers of sustiva has a similar program, with no income qualifying other than a patient taking their drug, like the GSK assistance program.

Folks on meds should check to see if the makers of the meds they take offer such a program, like GSK offers.
Donít depend on your doctor to inform you.
My ID doc was aware of the GSK program and never said a word.
I found out word of mouth from others.
The GSK program saves me $45 a month or $540 a year.

Offline Robert

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Re: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 12:01:05 AM »

I'm not sure if this (Partnership for Prescription Assistance) will help or not.  I found it by googling Bristol Myers Squibb

If you ask about this in the Living with HIV forum, you might get more responses.


Offline randym431

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Re: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 07:11:59 AM »
Well I called them and the answer was no, not at this time.
They have programs for low income or unemployed or no health insurance,
but thats about it.

These co-pay assistance programs that cover your out of pocket co-pay
are great!!! And why not???
When a drug company charges hundreds for a 30-day refill, and that $$$ is all but
paid in full by your insurance, whats the loss to the drug company to pick up
$20, $40 or more of ones out of pocket co-pay.

The drug companies that have co pay assistance programs make all the other
drug companies look a bit cheap and cheesy.

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 12:27:40 PM »
Actually, they just announced they'll be launching a program for this very soon:

BMS Co-Payment Assistance Program

Bristol-Myers Squibb will begin offering a co-payment assistance program within the first half of this year for new and existing REYATAZ (atazanvir) and SUSTIVA (efavirenz) patients with commercial insurance. We recognize that especially in this economic environment, out-of -pocket costs for HIV medicines may be prohibitive even for patients who have prescription drug benefits. This program reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring patients who need our medicines are able to access them. As you know, Bristol-Myers Squibb already has initiatives in place to support access to medicines for uninsured and underinsured patients living with HIV. For example, BMS participates in the pharmaceutical industry's Together RX Program. In addition, BMS provides our medicines free of charge for those who qualify through our Patient Assistance Program. We are working quickly to finalize the structure of the co-payment assistance program and will provide more detailed information to you in the near future. In the meantime, we would like to thank the many individuals and groups within the community who have lent their insights to the continued development of Bristol-Myers Squibb's access programs. We appreciate your collaboration in our efforts to continue to meet the needs of the community.

Offline randym431

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Re: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 04:11:04 PM »
Hope they do...
If you hear, pls post in the "Living With" forum.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009, 07:45:29 AM »
The GSK program saves me $45 a month or $540 a year.

I started using my card in February.  My Epzicom is saving me $600.00 per year. My Epzicom is free, as long as I am on it/or up  to two years.

« Last Edit: March 02, 2009, 07:47:16 AM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Co-Pay Drug Assistance Programs
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 08:02:33 PM »
Does anybody know if there is a co-pay assistance program for Norvir?

Thanks ;)


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